the day to turn away from worthless things.
“Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to Your word.” Psalm 119:37 NIV
How much of what we do each day is worthless in God’s eyes? None of us likes to think in those terms, but it is important that we constantly be evaluating the things we do, how we spend our money, and how we spend our time. Let’s take a look at how we spend our time since the things we do take time and the money we spend is usually spent on things that occupy our time.
Time is one of the biggest barriers between many of us and God. We don’t have more time to give to Him, to the Bible, or to other people in service to humanity. Our days are booked up from the moment our feet hit the floor till the instant they are placed back between the sheets. But how are we using our time?
Suppose we all kept a daily log of all our activities. Not forever; a week should be sufficient. Nothing fancy, just a little pocket notebook. Every time we commence a new activity, we jot the start time, the activity, and the time we are finished, regardless of what it is or how insignificant it seems.
What would our daily log reveal to us about our relationship with God? How much time would be shown spent on pursuits that are worthless – and in some cases, sinful?
How much time do we spend playing games on the computer or some other device? How much time do we spend keeping up with what celebrities we will never meet are doing, how they are living, or how often they go to jail? How much time do we spend looking at pornography or engaging in inappropriate ‘conversations’ on the internet? How much time do we spend watching ‘reality’ shows that reflect the reality of only those individuals who are paid to let us see how shallow they are or how they live their lives without any degree of decency, self-respect, or morality?
Getting the idea? Care to speculate how much more time we could find for worship, prayer, fellowship and service to God?
We may think that the time spent on this earth is our own, to do with as we like. “But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.” (1 Corinthians 3:13 NLT).
Get rid of the things that are worthless and find the time for things that are worthwhile. Important things, like God, and helping those around you.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson